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Carla is a writer, a recovered lawyer and a mum of three small dictators. She loves chatting to students about ideas, humour in books and crafting stories.
I was born in Sydney and lived in a tiny, dark little house in Rozelle with my parents before we moved to the outer suburbs. It is probably worth one billion dollars now.
My first job was at KFC where I smelled of chicken long after I finished my shift. Then I worked in a jewellery shop which was only slightly more glamourous. I also worked for a judge (which involved everything from picking up his dry-cleaning to checking legal judgments). I then practised as a lawyer and subsequently worked at the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Friendship, fairness, family, fitting-in, fun (nearly all the F words it seems!). Also power and the environment.
The biggest highlight was when my middle-grade manuscript was accepted for publication. I remember dancing around the kitchen with my kids who didn’t really understand what was happening but are always up for a spontaneous dance session. Then seeing my books in real-life bookshops was pretty cool. And it’s always a highlight when kids laugh at something I’ve written.
The importance of reading for enjoyment, the value of humour in books, equality and protecting our environment.
Perhaps at the front of a courtroom, sitting stony-faced next to a judge?
I have a weakness for donuts and reality TV. Preferably at the same time.